Fun Things to Do on Mother's Day 2023 in Boston

Make time for family fun with the best things to do on Mother's Day in Boston! Photo courtesy of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Facebook page
Make time for family fun with the best things to do on Mother's Day in Boston! Photo courtesy of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Facebook page

Mother's Day is May 14, 2023, and it's time to show mothers how much we appreciate them. Moms spend every day of the year planning around their kids' nap schedules, finding activities that will entertain them, and planning meals that they will eat. It's their turn to be in the spotlight! To help you make the day extra special, we've rounded up our list of 10 fun things to do on Mother's Day 2023 in Boston. 

Check out our 50 Mother's Day Gifts Mom Actually Wants for a present she'll treasure. To give Mom a break from the kitchen, take her to one of the many Best Mother's Day Brunch in Boston. Make sure to book a reservation before spots fill up.

The day doesn't have to end after the meal is finished. Read on for ten awesome things to do on Mother's Day in Boston this year!


2023 note: Many events and destinations require advanced reservations to visit. Make sure to check details with each location before you head out with the family.

 Photo of tulip field- Fun Things To Do on Mother's Day 2023 in Boston
Take mom to Spring BloomFest at Stevens Coolidge House & Gardens. Photo courtesy of The Trustees.

Fun Things to Do on Mother's Day 2023 in Boston

1. Stop and smell the flowers

Head to the Spring BloomFest in North Andover. While Stevens-Coolidge Place is not hosting a Mother's Day picnic, you can still grab tickets to stroll the ground and admire the beautiful flowers. 

2. Quack like a duck

Gather your little waddler(s) and head to the Boston Commons for Duckling Day. Inspired by the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, each family can join hundreds of children parading through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story. 

Image of the Boston Swan Boats, one of the fun things to do on Mother's Day 2023 in Boston. 
The Swan Boats are a wonderful Mother's Day activity in Boston. Photo courtesy of

3. Take a boat ride

The famous Swan Boats are back. Treat Mom to a relaxing cruise around the Boston Public Garden.

4. Visit with the animals

Take mom and fam to the zoo for a wildly fun day at the Franklin Park Zoo. Say hello to the animals, stretch your legs at the playground, and wish all the animal families a happy Mother's Day.

5. Take a day trip

Surprise Mom with a day trip in New England that she doesn't have to plan, and head out for one of these great destination spots that are all within driving distance of Boston. 

Photo of marcher with sign at Mother's Day Walk for Peace in Boston. 
Honor mothers around the world at Boston's Walk for Peace. Photo courtesy of the Mother's Day Walk for Peace

6. Walk for a cause

For women who have lost children to violence, Mother's Day is a poignant reminder of young lives lost. The Mother's Day Walk for Peace raises funds to help build peace in schools, supports families of homicide victims, and trains providers, faith leaders, and professionals working with youth impacted by violence.

7. Learn about extraordinary women

Is Mom a history buff? Travel back in time and spend the day learning about the amazing women that lived in the 19th century at Old Sturbridge Village.

8. Grab a cool treat while chilling with animals

If Mom has a sweet tooth, skip the fancy meals and head to one of these farms with ice cream stands instead. The kids will stay busy visiting with the animals so mom can have every last lick of her favorite flavor.

 Photo of painting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Treat mom to a sophisticated Mother's Day this year. Art in Bloom photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Art.

9. Get an art history lesson

For a day full of culture, head to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A day at the museum is always a treat, and this year admission is free on Mother's Day! The Highland Street Foundation has sponsored a celebration of Moms with complimentary tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow our tips, and mom and the kids will have a fun day walking the halls and checking out the art.

10. Go for a hike

Hoping to get some fresh air and a change of scenery? Lace up your boots, pack a lunch, and hit one of these great Boston area hiking trails for a guaranteed fun family adventure. 

If you're looking for more fun ideas for things to do with kids in Boston, check out our Spring Guide and our list of awesome May activities!